A jury has been selected for the trials of a mother and father, who Investigators say admitted they left their 3-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy home alone on several occasions. The consequences of their actions ended in tragedy in Arlington, Florida in June of 2010, when the children were found drowned in a neighbor’s pool.
The parents have been charged with aggravated manslaughter and negligence.
According to investigators, the mother of the children left them unattended to go to work. Before leaving, she called her husband to come home, but he stayed at work, admitting to detectives he wanted to work more hours.
A neighbor found the gate to his front yard open and discovered both the children in his pool. An autopsy found that both had accidentally drowned.
The Florida Department of Health states that Florida loses more children under five-years-old to drowning than any other state. The Florida Residential Pool Safety Act requires that all residential pools have at least one safety feature designed to “deny, delay or to detect unsupervised entry to the swimming pool, spa or hot tub.”
Those safety features include: pool covers, enclosures that surround the perimeter of the pool, exit alarms and self-closing, self-latching doors that provide access to a pool.
The key element for keeping children safe and preventing accidental drowning is proper supervision when they are around pools. According to Florida law, pool owners also have a shared responsibility to make sure their pools are inaccessible to small children who might be unsupervised. The Florida personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah stress that accidental drowning can be prevented if everybody acts responsibly. If you think somebody has been negligent and one of your loved ones has been harmed, please call us at (800) 533-3555.